For Kalla, born to human parents but raised by a family of elephants, growing up in the rainforest is a grand adventure – until she realizes that humans and elephants make better enemies than friends. Determined to prove she belongs with the herd, Kalla goes on a quest to find the Oracle Stone, a mythical object as ancient and sacred to the elephants as the stories they keep. Once again among a human tribe, however, she faces new challenges and doubts about where her true loyalties lie.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
As a new independent author, I was looking for ways to let more people know about my book. I had a blast putting the trailer together, from creating the music to enlisting friends for the voice-overs. I used garage band and imovie. Even though the end result is rather ‘homemade’ I’m glad I didn’t spend a ton of money getting one professionally done, since it only has 7 views on YouTube!
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I woke up one morning with the remnant from a dream in my head– a love between elephant and human. I have always been intrigued by feral children, so I decided to combine the two ideas. Self-acceptance and unknown potential are also themes that I wanted to explore.
Kathrine LaFleur grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has worked as an educator for young children for nearly 15 years. She loves reading and writing books for children and young adults. She also enjoys visiting schools to talk with students about stories and writing. She currently lives in Oakland, CA where she teaches, writes, and publishes books.